Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Douglas R. Sinclair, DO, to Southeastern Neurology and Memory Clinic

Lexington Medical Center proudly welcomes Douglas R. Sinclair, DO, to Southeastern Neurology and Memory Clinic. The practice provides comprehensive care in the evaluation, monitoring, prevention and treatment of cognitive and general neurological disorders, including nervous system inflammatory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, affective disorders, fibromyalgia, early and late onset dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease, among other conditions.

Douglas R. Sinclair, DO

An honors graduate of Rollins College in Winterpark, Florida, Dr. Sinclair earned his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed an internal medicine internship at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. After his internship, Dr. Sinclair completed residencies in internal medicine and adult neurology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, where he also served as chief resident.

Dr. Sinclair is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He has more than 10 years of experience in adult neurology and has specialized skills in electromyography, evoked potential testing, electroencephalograms, lumbar punctures, and maintenance programming for vagal nerve stimulation and deep brain stimulation. He most recently treated neurology patients at Epilepsy Services of South Florida in Bradenton and as a partner at Bradenton Neurology.

Dr. Sinclair joins Donald E. Schmechel, MD, and the highly skilled staff at Southeastern Neurology & Memory Clinic. He is accepting new patients.

Southeastern Neurology and Memory Clinic
146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 500
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-7076 
SENeurologyandMemory.com

Pet Therapy Dogs Make the Perfect Valentine

Dogs are affectionately called man’s best friend. But did you know their companionship also offers benefits for your heart health? Studies show a canine companion can help with everything from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress. That’s why Lexington Medical Center hosted a “therapy dog stress break” where visitors and staff members spent time with furry friends on Valentine’s Day.

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According to the American Heart Association, pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, may help reduce a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease:
*Studies have found that pet owners have lower blood pressure and resting heart rates than people who do not have a pet, even when they had a similar body mass index (BMI) and socioeconomic profile.
*Research shows dog owners are more likely to be physically active than non-dog owners — tending to walk longer and more often.
*A study found that younger children whose families owned a dog were less likely to be overweight or obese compared with children in families without a dog.
*Additional research has found that pets lower stress and help heart patients live longer.

Each of the dogs participating in the event was a certified therapy dog that visits patients at Lexington Medical Center’s main campus in West Columbia and Extended Care, the hospital’s skilled nursing facility in Lexington. They are a popular and important part of Lexington Medical Center’s Volunteer Services department.

Lexington Medical Center clinicians were also on hand to answer questions about how managing stress and finding relaxing activities can help our health. And, visitors received a free blood pressure screening.

Opioids: What’s New?

South Carolina has a growing opioid epidemic. In 2016, 616 people died of opioid-related overdoses in our state. And those numbers continue to increase, especially with people who overdose on prescription medication. It’s a problem that faces everyone from teenagers to the elderly.

At Lexington Medical Center, Dr. Grant Sullivan leads a committee studying how clinicians proscribe opioids. It’s called the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Committee. He formed it after he saw a significant number of people admitted to the hospital with overdose injuries.

He talked about his work and the opioid epidemic in this interview with WIS-TV.

To learn more about opioid issues in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services at http://www.daodas.sc.gov/